Michigan vs. Michigan State - 2/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (17-8) at Michigan Wolverines (13-12)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Crisler Center)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines meet Tuesday night at the Crisler Center.
The Michigan State Spartans hope to keep things rolling with wins in four of their last five games. On the season, MSU is averaging 72 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 61.2 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.5 points and six rebounds while Travis Trice is averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 assists. Branden Dawson is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Costello is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans have five players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 62.2 percent from the line and 40 percent from downtown. Defensively, MSU is allowing 30 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 66 or less points in five straight games.
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The Michigan Wolverines hope to get back on track and snap a four-game losing streak. On the season, Michigan is averaging 62.6 points on 41.2 percent shooting and is allowing 62.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Zak Irvin is averaging 13.4 points and 4.2 rebounds while Ricky Doyle is averaging 6.4 points and three rebounds. Spike Albrecht is dishing 3.6 assists and Aubrey Dawkins is shooting 48.3 percent from the field. The Michigan Wolverines have three active players averaging at least 6.2 points, and they’re shooting 75 percent from the line and 35 percent from deep. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 33.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 69 or more points in four of its last six games.
The Spartans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS win. The Wolverines are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
While I usually take the points in rivalry games, the Michigan Wolverines have almost nothing left with two of their top players down with injuries. The Michigan State Spartans should win this game rather easily,